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Warm weather blues

2012 Temperature Climate Map

Courtesy of NOAA

Higher than normal temperatures across the Midwest caused droughts in the region.

Warmer Midwest winters cause drought

by Morgan Kauphusman

For the last two years, Illinois and states across the Midwest have been experiencing milder winters and hotter summers, which have contributed to current drought conditions. Nationwide, 2012 was on average 1 degree warmer than the previous warmest year in 1998.

Natural gas rates remain fixed despite warm winter

by Marci Jacobs

Natural gas reservoirs are brimming in Illinois due to mild December-January temperatures. Yet surplus supplies will not mean lower gas bills for Chicago residents this winter.